“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.”
I have nonchalantly prayed for my child since the moment that I found out I was pregnant. A prayer here and a prayer there. Of course my prayers get stronger when I think he is at risk for sickness or harm. I always pray for him when I leave him with a sitter or at night before bed. I hate to admit this but most of the prayers are short “Thank you Jesus” prayers. They tend to be prayers that lack substance or heart. That is until lately when God began to stir my heart about the subject of prayer and how it directly affects our son.
When I found out I was pregnant, I felt the Lord press upon my heart that our baby was going to be a missionary. I felt the need to pray bravery over my little one. I was visualizing a Lion running in the middle of the desert being hunted. I started praying courage into this little heart that I had yet to hear beat. I told my husband that I wasn’t sure if I had heard the Lord correctly but I had an urge to pray for him or her in the mission field. Of course, in my head, I am thinking I can start praying for him later in life when he actually becomes a missionary. I didn’t see much urgency in the leading from the Lord. (Look at Noah. What would’ve happened if he would’ve lacked urgency? YIKES!) I didn’t have the revelation again until the other night.
I was rocking this sweet bug in my glider (Which by the way, is the best invention EVER. It is a must buy first time mamas.) the other day and I was staring at his sweet face. I couldn’t help but smile that God saw it fit for me to be his mom. While sitting there rocking my sweet babe, he gave me the thought about Jachin [Jay-Kin] being a missionary…AGAIN! This time was a little different. I had the realization that he might be a missionary in the future, yes…but even more, he is a missionary right here right now.
All of our little arrows are missionaries from the moment
they come out of our womb.
I mean think about it ladies. Our children bring such unity in our families. Seth and I have seen such change in family members since we had Jachin. He brought unity with both of our families and so much love to each of our hearts. I see the gospel clearly in the smiles that he brings to people’s faces. Most of the time we see missionary work as walking among the jungle in Africa or residing in the huts of South America. Missionary work starts at home, ladies. Seeing how our sweet babe teaches us patience and joy, shows me that his mission from God started the moment his heart began to beat.
Maybe God’s plans for our life don’t just consist of the big things like pastors or doctors. Maybe His plans are the small things, too, like blow out diapers and midnight wakings. I know tons of moms who focus on praying prayers for their kids futures. I think it’s time we start praying for the here and now as well. We all know that when we are doing God’s will for our lives that we have an enemy; an enemy that would do anything to see God’s plan fail. If that’s the case that means our little ones are vulnerable to satan’s attacks even as little babies. The thought of my LO being under attack terrified me at first. That’s until I realized that God has given us the greatest weapon to use on our adversary and that’s PRAYER.
Your child is exposed to the sin and ravage of this world daily, just the way you are. If we are praying armor over ourselves daily, it needs to be prayed over our little missionary as well. Every smile and giggle that comes out of this sweet package is a mission and task from the Lord. It’s a task to fill our hearts with love, kindness and hope for humanity. So mama, put down your phone, let the dishes sit a little while longer and make the choice to cover your little missionary with prayers sufficient for that days battle.
Can I urge you to ask the Lord about the calling he has on your LO’s life? He is faithful to reveal it. After revealing those sweet morsels of truth, think about ways you can encourage that calling in your LO’s life. Your greatest ministry in life is your husband and your arrows. If the laundry never gets done…if the floor never gets swept…if the post never gets submitted to social media but your little one is out there slaying dragons for Jesus, YOU’VE MADE IT MAMA!!!
Count it all rubbish as long as your greatest ministry is flourishing.
With all of this feminism topics spewing in the media, I am even more encouraged to be the best wife, mama and friend. You see, when you look at feminism through the lens of God’s word, you aren’t driven to protest in the streets but rather fighting battles down on your knees. Ladies, you are God’s most precious creation. The Hebrew word describing his creation of Eve was quite literally translated, BUILT. HE BUILT YOU! Built you to be kind, tender and loving. Built you to show your LO to look up to Jesus at all times. Built you to inspire, encourage and develop the missionary within your arrow.